Found June 22, 2012 on Subway Squawkers:
So Squawker Jon and I will be at Friday and Sunday's Subway Series games. Sunday, in particular, looks to be shaping up as a great matchup, what with R.A. Dickey facing CC Sabathia. And just in time for the Subway Series, a Met has said something dopey and ridiculous.I am not talking about closer Frank Francisco telling the New York Post that "I can’t wait to face those chickens," and that "I want to strike out the side against them. I’ve done it before." That is terrific, because it led to a front-page New York Post "Cluck You" cover, as well as the above graphic on the Post's web site. Besides, good-natured trash talk adds to the excitement over the series.No, the Met comment I thought was very strange was Ike Davis telling the Post this: “We’d like to get a win playing [the Yankees],” Ike Davis said.Just a win would be fine?“Anything — beat them one time,” Davis said. “I don’t like not beating a team in a season, so it’s our chance to get a ‘W

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The National League All-Star starter should be one the games most unique pitchers the game has seen in a long time. R.A. Dickey isn’t just having a good season for a knuckleballer but is having a great season for any pitcher. At 37 Dickey has as many wins,11, as he has had in any one season. He has thrown 3 complete games this season and has thrown back to back one hitters with...

R.A. Dickey: From AAA Afterthought to Cy Young Frontrunner

R.A. Dickey of the New York Mets has been about as dominant as humanly possible over the past few weeks, and it has put him in a spectacular position in the NL Cy Young race. R.A. Dickey’s amazing start to 2012 has him leading Cy Young discussion in the National League. Dickey has been extremely impressive over his past several starts, baffling batters with his unhittable...

Mets vs. Yankees: The cluck stops here

Squawker Lisa, what happened to your jinx when we went to Friday night's Subway Series game? Did you "misremember" it, to use a word associated with last night's losing pitcher?And after your criticism of Ike Davis for hoping the Mets could just get a victory, Ike had as much to do with anyone as to why the Mets got the win, with his three-run homer.As much as I...

Mets Closer Frank Francisco Calls Yankees "Chickens"

From Mike Puma:At least somebody isn’t afraid to talk trash about a cross-town rival. “I can’t wait to face those chickens,” Mets closer Frank Francisco told The Post when asked about playing the Yankees in this weekend’s Subway Series at Citi Field. “I want to strike out the side against them. I’ve done it before.” Before Francisco could elaborate on his ...

Fantasy Baseball 2012: Waiver Wire Watch

Welcome back to the Waiver Wire Watch.  I’m sure I’m not the only person this week that is in complete awe of what R.A. Dickey has been able to do over his last two starts.  Back-to-back one-hitters while striking out a combined 25 batters?  Are you kidding me? Dickey has been absolutely unbelievable this year, and it looks like the National League has a pretty good chance...

Yanks aren't about to play chicken with Francisco

Derek Jeter looked at the front page of a tabloid, the one that had a composite photo of his smiling face atop a chicken's body and the headline ''Cluck You!'' He just shook his head. ''What happened?'' Jeter asked. What happened was that Mets closer Frank Francisco told the New York Post this week, ''I can't wait to face those chickens...

New York Mets continue to get it done with two-outs

The New York Mets entered Friday night’s Subway Series opener having scored a Major League best 150 two-out runs.  And in the first inning of their 6-4 series opening victory, the Mets upped that total to 155 courtesy of Justin Turner and Ike Davis. With the bases full of Mets, Lucas Duda failed to drive in a run hitting a shallow pop fly into center field recording the innings...

Francisco closes out Mets' win over Yankees

NEW YORK -- Despite a shaky ninth, Frank Francisco's chickens didn't come home to roost. After ruffling some feathers with his pre-game comments calling the New York Yankees "chickens," the Mets' closer earned his 18th save of the season to finish off the Mets' first Subway Series win in four games this season. Francisco -- who had bragged to the New...

Factor12 Leaders: Week 11

The Factor12 Rating (F12) is an analytic measurement utilizing league average performance to compare the value of all MLB pitchers. (1) R.A. Dickey flutters into the number one spot this week after twirling his second consecutive one-hitter.  The knuckleball specialist has not allowed an earned run over his last 42 innings pitched.  The 37 year-old leads MLB with a 31.172 Factor12...

The Not-Quite-Midseason MLB Awards

I am no Steve W. Sparks. OK, fellas, now I'm ready to talk about how a journeyman pitcher has taken over the world with the use of his trusty knuckleball.  RA Dickey!  What a story.  As I mentioned on Monday, I just finished his autobiography last week and it is a really good book and story.  He was molested multiple times as a child.  He carried that burden for over 20...

Mets 6, Yankees 4

Ike Davis received a bit of help from the New York Yankees on his three-run homer and Frank Francisco closed out the Mets' 6-4 victory Friday night after calling their crosstown rivals ''chickens.'' Justin Turner had a two-run single and the Mets scored five runs in the first inning with two outs. Andy Pettitte looked flat after waiting out a rainstorm that set...
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